The end may have finally come for President Jacob Zuma of South Africa who has been in power since May 9, 2009.
On Wednesday, Reuters reported that South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) will back a motion of no-confidence brought by an opposition party against him if he does not resign.
Reuters quoted ANC’s treasurer-general Paul Mashatile as issuing the warning on Wednesday.
The party’s chief whip Jackson Mthembu added that the ANC hoped to elect party leader Cyril Ramaphosa as president of the country on Thursday, after the no-confidence vote, or on Friday, according to Reuters.
Mr. Zuma has come under intense pressure to resign following a slew of corruption allegations against him. And with his power waning, a compound belonging to his allied Gupta family was raided by anti-corruption agents.
Gupta, which owns many businesses in South Africa, has been accused of massive corruption.
Mr. Ramaphosa who would likely replace Mr. Zuma was elected leader of the ANC in December. He is a 65 year old Mandela protege who has been South Africa’s vice president since 2014.
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